A loan of $525 helped to buy ingredients and cooking utensils.

Karen Yesenia's story

Karen Yesenia is 30 years old, married, and has two children. She lives in a an outlying neighborhood of San Pedro Sula, Cortes.

Karen has a business selling food. She sells breakfast, lunches, "baleadas" (Honduran stuffed tortillas), chicken with fried plantains, and other dishes. This business is established in her house and her customers consist of neighbors and people passing through the area. Karen says that she is doing well in her business because her food is always in demand each day. On a few occasions, she will sell food made to order.

In order to maintain her business and provide good service to her customers, Karen is requesting a loan from ODEF in the amount of 10,000 HNL so that she can buy the necessary supplies for preparing food such as meats, condiments, grains, as well as soft drinks. Part of the loan will also be used to buy new utensils for cooking food so that her dishes will be of quality and prepared under better sanitary conditions. Karen says that she is grateful to ODEF and Kiva for the opportunity to obtain this loan so that she can improve her business. Her plan is to increase her sales so that she will have more income to help improve her family's quality of life.

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Translated from Spanish by Kiva volunteer Ronan Reodica

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